90s music icon says making albums is a ‘waste of time and money’

90s music icon says making albums is a ‘waste of time and money’

Sheryl Crow is not up for making full albums anymore (Picture: Kevin Kane/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Despite eleven studio albums to her name, Sheryl Crow has denounced making full albums as a ‘waste of time and money’.

The 62-year-old icon believes in the age of streaming releasing music in a conceptual album is utterly pointless and far more effort than it’s worth.

Sheryl has topped the charts for 40 years, winning nine Grammy awards with hits like All I Wanna Do and Strong Enough.

‘I still think [creating albums] is a waste of time and money!’ she told Red – while promoting her new album.

Her last album Threads, released in 2019, was intended to be her final album with the country star saying she would focus on single tracks moving forward.

Even though her new album Evolution will reach fans’ ears this month, Sheryl is still against ‘conventional’ releases.

She is going to focus more on singles (Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

She continued: ‘People don’t listen to records as a full body of work, but I had all these songs that felt very timely…

‘So, I thought, “Okay, I’m not going to make a conventional album, thinking about the beginning, middle and end”. Instead, it’s a compilation of new songs.’

The If It Makes You Happy hitmaker revealed she got into music as an ‘identity crutch’ during a lonely period of her life.

While her friends where smoking pot and drinking, Sheryl felt isolated so turned to her passion and the ‘one thing’ she was good at – making music.

Her rise to stardom in the early 80s came from singing live in a bar when someone offered her a big break.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk in 2021, she revealed she didn’t want to play one of her biggest hits for years.

Sheryl turned to music to stave off isolation (Picture: Mike Coppola/WireImage)

Sheryl said: ‘I have to say that for a long time I didn’t enjoy playing All I Wanna Do every night, but what happens when you get older is that dissatisfaction with life sometimes gets replaced with gratitude. Although that sounds really hokey, it’s what’s happened with me.

‘I’ve gone through transitions in my life that were really public and I’ve come out the other side just being really grateful that I had a song that took me to Russia, Asia and all over South America and that people who didn’t have English even as a second language were trying to sing along with it.

‘There’s real glory in that, real wonder… not just at the power of music but also why a song captures a moment in countries that don’t even touch each other. It’s too much for my brain to even absorb.’

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